Tiger Woods sat down with PBS’s Charlie Rose and said some pretty shocking things; mainly that he can still break Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major titles.
Woods, who has 14 majors to his name, hasn’t played on the PGA Tour since the Wyndham Championship in 2015, has undergone multiple back surgeries, has been rumored to be barely able to walk, hit three balls in the water on national TV from 100 yards out, just helped coach the winning U.S. Ryder Cup team where he watched a man seven years older than him shoot 10-under, and just withdrew from the Safeway Open citing vulnerabilities in his game.
None of that would lead anyone in their right mind to believe that Tiger will be able to make a strong come back and win four more major tournaments, much less five and surpass Jack, but Tiger believes he can.
Rose: Do you believe you’ll get 18 majors?
Woods: To be honest with you, no.
Rose: You don’t?
Rose: You’ve accepted that?
Woods: I’ve accepted I’m going to get more.
Look, I’m not going to say it won’t happen because Phil Mickelson appears to be doing things in his late 40’s that are unreasonable and he only appears to be getting better, but Phil hasn’t undergone a multitude of surgeries and made a crazy amount of changes to his swing over the years.
Tiger, on the other hand, has not only undergone knee and back surgeries, he has changed his swing so many times I’m not sure anyone actually knows what it looks like anymore, but it’s good to know that he still believes in himself, and while I do believe he will return and probably win an event somewhere down the road, I’m not too sure about winning five more majors.